Injection Molding: Improved Flatness Analysis in Upgraded CAE Molding Simulation Package
More precise and quantitative flatness analysis of injection molded parts is possible with the new version of Moldex3D CAE molding simulation.
FIG 1 Definition of flatness.
Flatness is a key quality factor in many plastic parts, from “fit and finish” in automotive or appliance parts to essential functionality of electrical connectors, cellphone housings, optical lenses and reflectors for heads-up displays—especially when molded parts are assembled to mating components. Therefore, flatness prediction, especially in the early design phase, is vitally important to manufacturers.
FIG 2 Flatness prediction of assembly surface of an automotive antenna cap.
More precise and quantitative flatness prediction is one of many enhanced features in Moldex3D 2020, the brand-new update of injection mold analysis from Coretech System of Taiwan, which incorporates Moldex3D Studio, the new and all-inclusive pre- and post-processing user interface. Computation of flatness analysis uses the least-squares method to calculate the best-fit plane of the specified area after deformation, and then finds the two planes that are parallel to this best-fit plane and completely contain the measurement area (Fig. 1).
FIG 3 Flatness prediction for individual assembly studs in automotive antenna cap.
Using the example of an automotive antenna cap, Moldex3D can model the cap screwed to a plane and measure the flatness of the assembly surface at any point along that surface (Fig. 2). It’s also possible to measure the flatness of individual fastening stud surfaces (Fig. 3). Users can view the flatness deformation trend by magnifying the deformation with Moldex3D’s deformation analysis feature (Fig. 4). In addition, Moldex3D 2020 can perform a series of flatness analyses as part of a virtual DOE with different molding parameter settings (Fig. 5) to help users optimize the molding process to minimizes the risk of flatness deformation.
FIG 4 Magnified deformation analysis of antenna cap.
FIG 5 Flatness comparison under different molding parameter settings.
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